Up for sale, a 2008 Fender Artist Series Eric Clapton Signature Stratocaster in near-mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, finished in 7-UP Green and complete with the original tweed hardshell case. One of Fender's most popular and enduring artist models, every Eric Clapton Artist Series Stratocaster is hand-crafted in Fender's American workshop for outstanding playability, quality, and tone. This particular Strat delivers clear, hum-free single coil tone thanks to the trio of Noiseless pickups, complete with a few Clapton-centric, player-friendly factory tweaks to improve the instrument's overall performance.
The guitar is equipped with Fender Noiseless pickups, with Active Mid-boost circuitry to cover as much sonic territory as possible. Coupled with a five-way pickup selector switch that offers the usual array of snappy and silky Strat tones, the mid-boost control on the second Tone knob provides a humbucker-esque warmth excellent for Jazz or more acoustic-like strumming. The middle Tone knob also features Fender's patented TBX circuitry, a center-detent boost/cut control. The guitar weighs 7lbs 9oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, slinky action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a soft V-shaped profile carve with lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .865" deep at the 1st fret and .905" at the 12th. The 22 fret maple fretboard has a modern 9.5" radius, and the original slender frets are flawless. The guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1.650" in width, and the headstock features the Stratocaster logo, Clapton's signature, and a SZ8-prefix serial number dating production to 2008. The Kluson-style tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch well.
The active electronics work as intended, and the 9V battery is located in the vibrato route adjacent to the springs. While the vibrato is factory blocked with a piece of wood, this wood block has been removed so that the vibrato operates normally (wood block also included). The hardware has gleaming chrome plating on the bridge base and jack cup, and plastics are nigh-flawless, comprising the bright white Noiseless pickup covers and knobs with a one-ply pickguard.
The 7-UP Green (or Candy Green) finish is stunningly well-kept, exhibiting just a few microscopic nicks and faint finish scratches on the body as a whole. The satin finish on the neck profile has been buffed to a semi-gloss from contact with the palm, offering an effortlessly smooth feel.
The original tweed hardshell case is included.